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Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then immediately reinstated him. And it was only after further investigation and public outcry that the team placed Peterson on the exempt list until the completion of his legal case.

The facts involving the incident as presented in the media, if true, are very concerning. The beating allegedly caused numerous injuries to the child, leaving cuts and bruises all over his body, including injury to his scrotum. … Continue Reading

Addressing Robin Williams’ Suicide As a Teachable Moment with Your Child

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
My husband and I were both shocked by Robin Williams’ suicide. We’ve loved him since “Mork and Mindy” but don’t get how a guy who has everything could end his life like he did. It doesn’t make sense. I feel badly about what happened, but my husband says he has lost respect for Mr. Williams because “he was selfish” and “took the easy way out” even though he had everything. Our 10-year-old son knew Robin Williams from “Hooked” and “Jumanji,” and he has heard my husband’s negative comments about Mr. Williams now and has even made similar such comments of his own. I told my husband that he needs to be more sensitive about the topic of suicide around our little guy. Any thoughts on the topic?
A Concerned Parent
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A Concerned Parent

August 22, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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My husband and I are going through a nasty divorce, and my son’s therapist is refusing to appear in court to help us. His position is that he’s a therapist, not an expert and he isn’t comfortable coming to court. This is baffling to me since he has seen my son in weekly counseling for over a year now, knows a lot about my son’s condition and has always had a strong opinion about what our son needs. Our son has serious developmental delays, and I’m just trying to make sure my ex-husband covers mental health treatment and educational costs after our divorce. Thanks to Google, I now know the difference between “a fact witness” and an “expert witness” but still don’t get why he is making such a big deal about coming to court to speak his mind on what he knows as a therapist. He also told my attorney that he would file something with the court to get out of coming when he learned that we would be subpoenaing him. I am pretty certain he cannot do this. Frankly, I don’t care how uncomfortable or upset he is because I need the judge to hear about my son’s problems from his therapist. This has been a very stressful and expensive process for us as a family, and I just want it to end in the best possible way for our son. Thoughts?
A Concerned Parent
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Slender Man: The Problem and the Solution for Parents

June 16, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider
On May 31, 2014 two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls attempted to murder a classmate via multiple stabbings as a sacrifice to Slender Man. Within the wake of that event, a 13-year-old Ohio girl attacked and stabbed her mother due to her obsession with the demon like on-line fictional character.

As the director of a private mental health practice in Northern Virginia, I have received numerous calls from concerned parents in response to these horrific recent events and most of the callers are saying the same things about Slender Man. “He just seems so evil and dark” and “I know he’s not real, but when you look him up on the Internet, he actually seems very real” and “I had no idea my nine year old son was looking at such sick stuff on-line.” I have been telling parents that what occurred in Wisconsin and Ohio is indeed alarming and that they have every right to be worried about their children, but the real danger is not Slender Man, rather, it is their child’s access to him. … Continue Reading

Handling Suspected Drug Use with Your Teen

June 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns 1 comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike:
I usually don’t spy on my son, but a parent in our neighborhood reached out to me recently to tell me that she is certain that my son and a few other kids are using drugs. She shared a print out of my son’s Facebook, which showed a number of concerning things, including photos of marijuana leaves and references to getting high. When I confronted my son with what I discovered, he denied any drug use and was upset with me for viewing his Facebook page without his permission. At 18, he feels that he should have a right to complete privacy and that I should just trust him. I have noticed that something hasn’t been quite right with him over the past few months, but I just chalked it up to normal teen stuff. My husband thinks that we should test him for drugs, but I think that that would only upset our son more. He’s leaving for school soon, and I don’t really know what to do. I’d love to get your thoughts on our situation.
Concerned Parents
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Making Sure Your Teen Is Prepared for College

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike:

Our son was recently accepted into college (his #1 choice), and we are very proud of him. He gets great grades; however, we are concerned about his ability to function away from home. While we know that he is smart enough to succeed, my husband and I worry about his basic life skills. All he does is isolate and play video games, and he has only a few friendships or interests beyond that. Drugs and alcohol are not an issue. My husband and I know of several smart teens in our neighborhood that dropped out of college and then had to get back on track at NOVA. I am not judging the community college education, but my husband and I don’t want our son to fail and return home to work on his associate’s degree until he’s 25! Thanks for your time.

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Understanding Teen Suicide

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High School also committed suicide. Fairfax County alone has had 15 suicides over the past three years, and the surrounding counties, including Loudoun County, have also had a number of teen suicides in recent years.

Suicide is tragic, and it seems to be even more so when it involves our young. As the director of a private mental health practice, I can report first hand that the recent suicides in Fairfax County have had a profound impact on parents across Northern Virginia. Over the past month, I have received a number of calls from upset and worried parents, with the majority of them asking the same question, “How do I know if my teen is suicidal?” … Continue Reading

What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive

March 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive
My 17 year-old son has no desire to get his license, which makes no sense to me. When I was his age, I couldn’t wait to get my license and to have the freedom to drive and drive and drive. Getting a driver’s license opens up so many possibilities and so much more independence, and you would think that he would want some of that. Instead, my son seems more content being left to himself to text his girlfriend and to play with his video games in his room. He tells me that he just isn’t motivated to drive and doesn’t care. I don’t get it. Is this just the way things are now with teens? I’d love your advice on this.
A Concerned Parent
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Are All Men Dogs?

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Being Miserable But Cool at 13

Dr. Mike,
Q. My 13 year old son is driving me crazy with his wearing shorts in the middle of winter – even on the coldest day a couple of weeks ago. He also doesn’t wear coats or jackets, but he finally agreed to wear a hoodie to please me. He tells me that he’s not cold and to leave him alone, but I am fuming every time he heads to the bus stop in his shorts. We have had some pretty horrible fights over the topic, and yet he continues to defy us as parents. It’s stupid and not safe. Help!

A. I understand your frustration, but being miserable but cool is part of being a teenager. Actually, the behavior you are concerned about, and the need to be cool, starts in middle school when self-awareness in identity formation begins to kicks in. Try to think of it this way. Your son is not defying you as much as he is separating. Consciously, he tells you that he is not cold, and he thinks he looks cool, but the behavior itself is really being fueled by his developmental need to separate from what you want of him and for him to begin to make decisions for himself alongside his peers. So, what should you do? Nothing. Let your son make the decision on shorts or coats. It is his body, and at 13, he needs to be in charge of it. Life and peer relations will teach him what works and what does not, and he will adjust accordingly. … Continue Reading

How To Manage Your Children and Yourself on Snow Days

January 26, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

As a child, the excitement of a snow day or two can bring great joy and the memories that follow can be magical and lifelong. For parents, however, snow days can be very stressful. We in Northern Virginia have had several snow days this winter, and we’ve just been handed another two in Loudoun County. And while the children and teens in my practice are thrilled, many parents I see are complaining about the extended time and lack of structure which have led to arguments, increased sibling rivalry and behavioral problems in the home. So, I offer a few thoughts here to help manage your children (and yourself) for the coming snow days. … Continue Reading

A New Year, A New You

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

But first a few facts worth considering. According to a study on New Year’s resolutions published in the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, nearly 50 percent of us make New Year’s Resolutions but only about eight percent of us succeed. Losing weight (1), getting organized (2), spending less and saving more (3), enjoying life to the fullest (4), and staying fit and healthy (5) were the top resolutions for 2014. Findings from the study also support the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” with younger people in their 20’s fairing much better than those 50 and older in sticking to resolutions.

This year, I offer the following suggestions in helping you to discover the new you:

First, be mindful of what matters most to you and your loved ones in creating change. Sometimes the most important changes worth making in life are not the first ones that come to mind. Sitting down for dinner more frequently as a family, for example, may not rank as high as spending less or getting organized, but the impact may be more meaningful to your children and spouse. Thus, spend some time to reflect on what matters most to you. Only you know what is missing from your life and/or what part of you is most in need of repair or attention. … Continue Reading

Insensitive Coworker

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
I was recently at a work related social gathering where someone jokingly called another coworker in our group, “Aspie.” As you probably know, Aspie is a term for Asperger’s Disorder, and the person who was joked about is admittedly socially awkward. However, my son has Asperger’s Disorder, and I was deeply offended by the comment. A part of me wants to confront this individual for a lesson in sensitivity training but he will likely not get it. While I don’t want to upset my co-workers, I also don’t want to carry around resentment and anger everyday. Thoughts?
Concerned in Loudoun County
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Back To Work: How Does That Make You Feel?

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns 1 comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Once again, we as a nation narrowly escaped a catastrophe. It’s been one week since the government shut down ended and everyone is back to work and happy, right? Perhaps for some, but perhaps not for many. “I feel like a pawn on a chest board,” and “I just worked for two weeks while others got a two week paid vacation” and “the problem isn’t over, it’s just been punted forward six weeks” and “what crisis, it’s all about political posturing and ego” and “nothing is certain anymore, so why bother getting upset” and “I don’t matter, I’m non-essential.” These are just a handful of the many comments I’ve heard from clients over our most recent political emergency. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

State of Sophistry

25 Sep 2014

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There is a particularly sophistic science-denial argument which has been around since 2004. This popular argument cites a paper published in the journal Science in 2003 by Nicolas Caillon and colleagues [1] and then badly misinterprets it. It seems unlikely …

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Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

1 Oct 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Aldie Mill

1 Oct 2014

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I guess what I’m impressed by the most – in addition to just the scale of the entire facility – is the indications of the sheer abundance which this county must once have offered in the form of sustenance. See, …

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Bloomfield

3 Sep 2014

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Maybe it’s just my imagination (most people who know me stress that it’s one of my stronger – or maybe, stranger – traits), but I’d swear that there are places around this unique county of ours where the past not …

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Virginia Gardening

Goldenrod – A Major Fall Beauty

3 Sep 2014

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By Donna Williamson It’s easy to think that goldenrod causes autumn sniffles. It’s a native with species that tolerate all kinds of conditions, from full sun to shade, from moist soils to hot and dry. And it blooms everywhere around …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…

1 Oct 2014

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My dear friends if you have not read August and September’s “Tails from the Barn Yard” please go to the back issues and read the beginning of this grand “Tail”. It is there you will read of a little girl …

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The Flag – A Symbol of Hope

1 Oct 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” Francis Scott Key begins, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with this dramatic question. On the bicentennial celebration of our triumphant stand at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney

1 Oct 2014

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By Amy and Dan Smith A power of attorney is a writing authorizing one person (the agent) to act for another person (the principal). The term “durable” is often used with power of attorney. This simply means that the power …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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October 4, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

•    Entrepreneurial traits
•    Taxes and licensing
•    Business plan development
•    Sources of financing
•    Marketing
•    Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 11, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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October 11, 2014

Purcellville Library
220 East Main Street
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-338-3013

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Harvest Celebration at Breaux Vineyards

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October 11, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States

Come be a part of our celebration of the 2014 harvest season at Breaux Vineyards.  We will have live music with Steele & Oglevee, craft vendors, and, of course, wine tastings.  Also if the weather is nice we will be conducting vineyard tours on the hour.

No admission or RSVP for this fun day at the winery

Looking forward to seeing you here!

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 12, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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October 15, 2014

44045 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, 20176

Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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October 16, 2014

An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
•    Leverage your advisors for business and process development, networking, and more
•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

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October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States
540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined …

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Editorial

Sweeping Zoning Changes Continue To Be Proposed

3 Sep 2014

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Visions Of Purcellville Looking Like Reston At the August 21 Purcellville Planning Commission Work Session town community development staff continued to forge ahead with sweeping zoning changes to the town. Latest in the discussion was the PDH zoning district. Vice Chair Dennis Beese mentioned that he thought the goal was to make Purcellville look like Reston. This PDH district is …

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Purcellville Crossroads Tilley Entertainment Proposal

3 Sep 2014

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The new Tilley-Kline Entertainment complex proposal is in its initial stages of design. The proposal – not yet formal – is on a 50-acre parcel (50.46) that is not within the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). The developers are considering a boundary line adjustment, and …

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Lifestyle

Looking Long Term … Towards Solar Power

1 Oct 2014

Is solar power coming? Nationwide statistics indicate that the national answer question is “yes.” A first-ever Solar Home & Winery Tour in Loudoun County – held in September – is a sign that more and more people in the county are looking into solar power. With respect to Virginia, the Solar Energies Industry Association reports that the state ranks only …

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Looking at Fall Home Improvement and Maintenance – Inside and Out

1 Oct 2014

Nationally, the summer of 2014 was quite interesting weather wise. The West and Southwest experienced some of the hottest summers ever recorded. The Midwest experienced some of the coolest temperatures ever recorded. The Southeast produced a mixed bag of weather – unusually hot in some places while cool in others. While the Washington area, Baltimore, Richmond and other places were …

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Re-Love It A Consignment Shoppe Presents The 3rd Annual Purcellville Halloween Party

1 Oct 2014

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More than 6,000 people attended the Purcellville Halloween Block Party last year. They came from all over Loudoun County, ranging in ages from infant to 90 years old. This family friendly event promises to be even bigger and better this year.  The party will be Saturday, October 26, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Old Town Purcellville on 21st Street which …

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Wild Loudoun

Beavers – Biodiversity with a Paddle

1 Oct 2014

It is a bit of a touchy subject to write about beavers. Recent news reports document, for example, how a beaver, later found out to be rabid, threatened children fishing in a pond in Fairfax County and went after an elderly woman swimming in a lake in Reston. As a now life-long conservationist and someone who has related to wildlife …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians

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Launches 10-step plan that will reach Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to expand healthcare services to over 200,000 Virginians. This plan is an unprecedented action by any governor in Virginia history and includes authorizations of four emergency regulations, one executive order, and …

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

Where Is the Money?

3 Sep 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole …

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Sign the Petition

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water’s proposed construction of twin 189’ water towers at the very dangerous intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane is flawed. Red …

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Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water needs water storage in the Transition Zone to accommodate growth, and proposes twin 189’ water towers at the intersection of Red Hill Road …

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